Mayo Clinic's Hudson plans are quiet, but still on the table

In 2018, Mayo Clinic Health System–Northwest Wisconsin Region paid $3 million for 9 acres in Hudson, Wis., and submitted a proposal to construct a 100,000-square-foot medical center.

We are part of The Trust Project.

ROCHESTER — Years after paying $3 million for land and submitting a proposal, Mayo Clinic is quiet about the future of its plans to build a medical center in Hudson, Wis.

“We haven’t heard from them (Mayo Clinic) in a year,” said Hudson City Administrator Aaron Reeves this week.

Also Read
Minnesota Rush, the indoor sports complex at 380 Woodlake Drive SE, filed a development plan with the city of Rochester for an 18,000-square-square-foot addition to the 15-year-old complex. The proposed plan would double the size of the building.
Digital Fleet, which offers fleet telematics services, truck tracking/monitoring software as well as hardware sensors, headquartered in downtown Chicago, has its largest and most rapidly growing location at an old dry clear/warehouse at 612 11th Ave. NW in Rochester.

In 2018, Mayo Clinic Health System–Northwest Wisconsin Region submitted a proposal to the Hudson planning commission.

"Preliminary plans indicate a medical facility building which is approximately 100,000 square feet and would include approximately 60-75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms and four procedure suites. The proposed medical facility will have a clinic function as well as an outpatient surgical function," according to the permit application.

Hudson, which has 14,754 residents, is 15 minutes east of St. Paul and 30 minutes east of Minneapolis. A facility there could make Mayo Clinic much more competitive in the Twin Cities.


When asked about the status of the Hudson project, Mayo Clinic officials demurred.

“No updates to share,” wrote Senior Communications Specialist Dan Lea.

When asked if that means Mayo Clinic's proposal is still on the table as a possibility with no public timeline, Lea responded, “Correct.”

Mayo Clinic paid $3 million to buy 9 acres of open land in Hudson from SSHD Inc. in February 2018. The land is located along Stageline Road.

While the project has not proceeded since 2018, Mayo Clinic does still own the land.

“We still hope they do a project here,” said Reeves.

Another health care provider, Hudson Physicians, broke ground in November to build a new 160,000-square-foot medical center to offer Hudson more services. The $50 million center is projected to open in January 2023.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in "Heard on the Street." Send tips to or via Twitter to @whereskiger . You can call him at 507-285-7798.


Heard on the Street - Jeff Kiger column sig

Jeff Kiger writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street," in addition to writing articles about local businesses, Mayo Clinic, IBM, Hormel Foods, Crenlo and others. He has worked in Rochester for the Post Bulletin since 1999. Readers can reach Jeff at 507-285-7798 or
What to read next
Subscribe and listen to the Post Bulletin Minute at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.
The wandering house is part of an ongoing exhibit at the Rochester Art Center to find out what home means to us.
Live music, food trucks, and fireworks to celebrate July 4th at Soldiers Field Park.
Rally attendants held signs and chanted in protest of the recent Supreme Court ruling which over-turned Roe v. Wade in Rochester on July 4.